Social Media Code of Conduct

These codes of conduct apply to all members both on and off the playing field.

Members are personally responsible and liable for anything they say and represent on-line on user generated media.
The club trusts and respects our members to exercise responsibility whenever they participate in social media.
The use of social media sites and electronic media are all forms of public domain communication including but not limited to:
  • Facebook,
  • Twitter and
  • Email.
The proliferation of information spreads very quickly through status updates, linked in friend communities and so on.
We all have an important responsibility to not say or communicate anything untoward with respect to Affiliated Community Cricket and its members. This includes but is not limited to:
  • umpires,
  • competing clubs,
  • committee members or
  • anyone associated in the conduct of:
  • playing,
  • officiating,
  • promoting or
  • administrating cricket.
  • This includes:
  • racist or vilifying comments,
  • bad language,
  • insulting comments,
  • religious connotations,
  • personal attacks or slander,
  • personal comments relating to family or associated friends within the cricket community.
Examples of breaches of code of conduct by social media include:
  • Offensive comments made about an association umpire by a junior player on their personal facebook page.
  • Racist comments made about an opposition team on a club website.
  • Offensive videos posted on youtube by a club secretary about a volunteer of their cricket club.
  • A survey conducted on a facebook or website generating offensive public opinions about a group of opposition clubs.
  • A discriminating personal attack made by a fellow team member on a personal facebook page.
  • Personal blogs should have clear disclaimers that the views expressed are those of the author, not of community cricket and their affiliated club or association. Blogs without a clear disclaimer distancing an individual from their member organisations could be deemed a breach of the Member Protection By-Laws.
  • Community Cricket logos (eg club logos) should have clear disclaimers that the views expressed are those of the author and not the member organisation. Community Cricket blogs must be conducted in a professional manner ensuring that they do not breach the Member Protection By-Laws.
  • Community Cricket logos (eg club logos) must not be used without consent from the club committees and executive.
  • Should a circumstance arise whereby on an unsolicited basis a member received electronic communication from another person which contains obscene messages, explicit images of offence, derogatory, inflammatory or discriminatory information, breaches of code of conduct or brings the game of cricket in to disrepute, they must immediately request that the sender destroy or remove the message and that no further messages of a similar nature be sent or remove the message from a site of administration. If this action does not cease, breach of conduct actions within the By-law should be enacted.
A member identified as misusing electronic communication and social media as outlined in the Member Protection By-Law will be subject to disciplinary actions and may result in:
  • A formal warning
  • Suspension from participation within Victorian community cricket.
  • Members are encouraged to seek guidance from their affiliate club or association where breaches of conduct are encountered within community cricket.
The club will respect the rights and dignity of all individuals by providing the following:
  • fair, open, honest, dignified and non-discriminatory treatment;
  • the opportunity to respond to accusation of breaches in accordance with the Member Protection By-laws.
  • The personal dignity, privacy and rights of all members will be respected and any discrimination, harassment or offence to others will be dealt with in accordance with the relevant policies, procedures and legislation.
  • The club expects that all members conduct themselves in an honest and ethical manner and treat other members fairly and with respect.